Apple may be shifting production of mobile device processors to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) very soon according to Taiwanese newspaper The Commercial Times. It is rumored that TSMC will begin the production of the A6X in the first quarter of 2013. The Commercial Times is not known for always being accurate when it comes to rumors, but we do know that Apple has been wanting to shift away from their dependence on Samsung for a long time now because of all the lawsuits.
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ASML is a publicly listed Dutch company that makes lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Samsung has acquired 3% of the company for 503 million Euros ($629 million). Samsung will contribute 276 million Euros ($345 million) to ASML’s R&D of lithography technologies over the next 5 years as well. This is a total of $974 million in total, which is almost the same amount of money that the company has been charged to pay Apple.